Statistically speaking: a look at Dover International Speedway


Next up for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is Sunday’s date with Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks. It’s the 13th race on the 2014 schedule. Ten different drivers have made their ways to victory lane in the first 12 races, with Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick still the only drivers with multi-win status. Reigning and sixth time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson added his name to the winners’ list last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson’s also a favorite heading into Dover, as he leads the way with eight-career wins at the track. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon has scored four Dover wins over the course of his Cup career, while Ryan Newman’s tally is three.

Here’s a statistical look at how some of the sport’s top drivers have fared at Dover (stats provided by NASCAR Statistical Services):

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· Two wins, six top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 12.3

· Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best

· Driver Rating of 101.0, fifth-best

· 434 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most

· 772 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.808 mph, fourth-fastest

· 5,443 Laps in the Top 15 (75.6%), fourth-most

· 497 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), third-most

Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota)

· One top five, nine top 10s

· Average finish of 12.6

· Average Running Position of 12.5, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best

· 178 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.580 mph, seventh-fastest

· 4,654 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), eighth-most

· 379 Quality Passes, ninth-most

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, six top fives, eight top 10s

· Average finish of 18.2

· Average Running Position of 13.2, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 92.5, seventh-best

· 275 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· 762 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.525 mph, eighth-fastest

· 4,284 Laps in the Top 15 (59.5%), 10th-most

· 399 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s

· Average finish of 12.8

· Average Running Position of 10.8, fifth-best

· Driver Rating of 106.0, third-best

· 396 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.914 mph, third-fastest

· 5,574 Laps in the Top 15 (77.4%), third-most

· 471 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

· One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s

· Average finish of 10.0

· Average Running Position of 10.4, third-best

· Driver Rating of 101.3, fourth-best

· 487 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· 734 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.732 mph, sixth-fastest

· 5,239 Laps in the Top 15 (72.7%), sixth-most

· Series-high 498 Quality Passes

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Four wins, 17 top fives, 24 top 10s; four poles

· Average finish of 11.6

· Average Running Position of 12.5, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 93.7, sixth-best

· 261 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most

· 759 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.735 mph, fifth-fastest

· 5,415 Laps in the Top 15 (75.2%), fifth-most

· Series-high 498 Quality Passes

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

· Eight wins, 12 top fives, 17 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 8.7

· Series-best Average Running Position of 6.8

· Series-best Driver Rating of 121.1

· Series-high 990 Fastest Laps Run

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 144.276 mph

· Series-high 6,261 Laps in the Top 15 (86.9%)

· 376 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

· Two wins, 13 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 13.4

· Average Running Position of 9.1, second-best

· Driver Rating of 107.9, second-best

· 452 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· 695 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 144.018 mph, second-fastest

· 5,827 Laps in the Top 15 (80.9%), second-most

· 480 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

· One win, two top fives, two top 10s

· Average finish of 16.0

· Average Running Position of 14.7, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 84.9, 12th-best

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.297 mph, 11th-fastest

Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

· Three wins, six top fives, 12 top 10s; four poles

· Average finish of 12.9

· Average Running Position of 12.3, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 89.4, 10th-best

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.328 mph, 10th-fastest

· 4,891 Laps in the Top 15 (67.9%), seventh-most

· 367 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet)

· One win, one top five, six top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 17.0

· Average Running Position of 14.9, 12th-best

· Driver Rating of 89.4, ninth-best

· 243 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 143.396 mph, ninth-fastest

· 3,995 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%), 12th-most

· 363 Quality Passes, 12th-most

 

 

Dover International Speedway DataSeason Race #: 13 of 36 (06-01-14)

Track Size: 1-mile

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 9 degree

Banking/Backstretch: 9 degree

Frontstretch Length: 1,076 feet

Backstretch Length: 1,076 feet

Race Length: 400 laps / 400 miles

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Dover

Jimmie Johnson…………………… 121.1

Matt Kenseth……………………….. 107.9

Kyle Busch…………………………. 106.0

Carl Edwards………………………. 101.3

Greg Biffle………………………….. 101.0

Jeff Gordon………………………….. 93.7

Kurt Busch……………………………. 92.5

Clint Bowyer…………………………. 91.6

Martin Truex Jr………………………. 89.4

Ryan Newman……………………….. 89.4

Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (18 total) among active drivers at Dover Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data

2013 pole winner:

Denny Hamlin, Toyota

157.978 mph, 22.788 secs. 05-31-13

2013 race winner:

Tony Stewart, Chevrolet

123.172 mph, (03:14:51), 06-02-13

Coors Light Pole qualifying record:

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet

161.849 mph, 22.243 secs. 09-27-13

Track race record:

Mark Martin, Ford

132.719 mph, (03:00:50), 09-21-97

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